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Exercise your skills at club outings

Club outings are regularly scheduled to allow photographers to get together and do what we enjoy - photograph nature, places, events and people in the North Texas area. Watch this page, mark your calendar, pack your gear and join us. Outings are free or low-cost, and usually include a meal (at your cost, plus gas) to discuss what we learned.

Have an idea for an outing? Contact Outings Coordinator Dick Dodds, ddodds0402@gmail.com


July 7: Boom! Fireworks over Possum Kingdom Lake

This outing is an opportunity to photograph fabulous fireworks from a cliff overlooking the unique rock formation called Hell’s Gate.

Join outing leader and past club president David Morgan and hosts Shawn and Peggy Gibson, who will provide access to the area for participants.  

The location is a 90-minute drive from the UNT Health Science Center. 

  • Carpool: Meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 7, in the parking lot of UNTHSC
  • Driving: Meet at 8:30 p.m. at 1 Gibson Drive, Graford
  • Timing: Fireworks show starts about 9:30 p.m. and lasts approximately 20 minutes

You will need a security code to enter the property. Participants who sign up will receive directions and the gate code. Contact David if you plan to be there.

The hike to the viewing site is not long, but it is over a rocky hill, so wear good walking shoes.

Be sure to bring:

  • Camera, lenses, cable release
  • Tripod
  • Flashlight, preferably with red light to avoid distracting other photographers
  • Insect repellent
  • Folding chair or camp stool
  • Personal water

Find a YouTube video of the 2017 fireworks display.

 

July 21: Explore a legendary landmark

The Statler Hilton Hotel opened in 1956 and established Dallas as a Texas center for business and entertainment.

The hotel boasted many firsts including elevator music and a heliport. Numerous celebrities performed in the Grand Ballroom including the Jackson 5 and Tony Bennett. 

The hotel, 1914 Commerce Street, was boarded up for more than 20 years before an Iranian businessman invested more than $350 million in renovation. The building includes some original murals and art. It re-opened in October 2017. Learn about the hotel’s grand opening.

We'll meet at 7 a.m. at the UNTHSC parking lot to carpool to the hotel. This outing is limited to 10 participants. Contact Dick Dodds, ddodds0402@gmail.com to sign up.

Club Outings Chair Dick Dodds’ son, Graham, is the culinary director of the hotel’s five restaurants. We’ll start with breakfast at the hotel’s Overeasy diner (at participant's expense), and then enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour.

We will visit the speakeasy bar in the basement and visit the rooftop bar with spectacular views of the Dallas skyline. Afterwards, we will take a short walking tour of the neighborhood with opportunities to photograph vintage and updated architecture. (The walking  tour may not be appropriate for mobility-challenged members.)

(Photo courtesy of UNT Libraries)

 

Did you miss an outing?

Club outings in 2018 have been in serch of owls at Colleyville Nature Center, to the Dallas Arboretum, a great location for photography, especially macro images; Fossil Rim Wildlife Center; historic Fort Griffin, a dark skies area. (Download a pdf guide to night photography by club member John Nixon.); and to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails festival.

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